Are you considering dog diapers because you can’t stop your dog from peeing in the house? You’ve come to the right place.
The mere thought of a dog wearing a diaper like a baby doll is quite comical. However, if you have a dog with an incontinence problem then it’s not so funny. Maybe you just need potty training for your dog.
There are valid reasons for getting pet diapers for your dog and here are some things to consider before you take the doggy diaper plunge.
Reasons Why Your Dog Leaks – Pet Incontinence
If you are reading this post then you probably are considering diapers for your dog. Buying diapers for your pooch definitely isn’t for style points so there must be some doggy body fluids going on in your house.
The reasons for a backup in sanitation control usually comes down to these reasons:
Incontinence in Older Dogs – Many older dogs can’t hold there bladder or have other medical issues or medications that cause them to not be able to hold their urine.
Lazy or Untrained Young Dogs – Some youngsters also can have a “quick draw” and spritz or piddle when they are excited…or want to mark their territory (belly bands may be a training option for this scenario-more on those later). If your dog is healthy – diapers are not a substitute for proper training to teach your pet to eliminate outside.
- Females in Heat – Temporary use of diaper protection for your female dog while she is in season can prevent messes and soiling of carpets (and frankly everything else in the house).
- Recuperation from Surgery – Some pets may need the temporary use of diapers when they’ve had surgery or are recuperating from an illness. Surgery recovery usually limits trips outside and medication may also reduce your dogs body control.
Rule out Medical Issues for Pet Incontinence
When your dog loses control of their bladder it can be a small dribble or complete dam break. Underlying medical conditions causing urinary incontinence in dogs include:
- Bladder infections (common)
- Urinary tract infection or stones (common)
- Thyroid, Pituitary, or Hormone Imbalance
- Spinal injury or disease
- Prostate conditions
- CCD – Canine Cognitive Dysfunction
- Cushing’s Disease
Be sure to call in an expert and consult your dogs veterinarian who can properly diagnose your pet. Some test they may recommend include an urinalysis for testing for infections. Your vet may also suggest blood work, cultures, or ultrasound (if they feel something structurally is going on). Don’t be afraid to explore natural and homeopathic treatments.
At times if a medical problem can be cured or corrected the unwanted incontinence may disappear when your pet is healthy again. Some medical conditions may be permanent and dog diaper may become a part of your life.
Dog Diapers, Incontinence Briefs, Pads, and Belly Bands – Oh My!
So you got the medical all clear from your vet, if your pooch is still having trouble holding it, here are some options to consider:
- Washable Dog Diapers – for small pets who are just a little leaking
- Belly Bands – for male dogs- these wrap around the tummy and remind them not to wet in the house.
- Disposable Dog Diapers – if your dog experiences a total incontinence you’ll need a super absorbent option
- Boys Pull on Diaper Briefs – put these on “backwards” with the fly hole serving now as a tail-hole.
- Incontinence Pads – standard women’s sanitary pads can be used to line diapers and briefs for extra protection
- Adult Diapers – Sometimes size matters…that, along with super absorbent qualities.
- Washable Pee Pads – you can use these in your pets bedding to prevent leaks while they sleep
Should I be Using Diapers for my Dog?
If you’ve consulted your vet and she finds not medical conditions to cause your dogs incontinence then using diapers may be the reasonable option for you to explore. Here’s a free review of my top rated reusable dog diaper.
Female Dog Menstrual Diapers – When your un-spayed female dog comes in season things can get messy. It’s not your dogs fault so it’s best to remove the stress for everyone if they spend most of their time inside.
House Training Diapers for Puppies – It’s not advisable to use diapers or pads while house training your dog. The point is they need to learn when and where to eliminate their waste. Diapers can do the exact opposite; you literally can train your dog “to go” whenever and wherever they have an urge.
Incontinent Dog – Here’s the most common reason most folks look into diapers for a pet. Your older dog can’t help the loss of body control or senior medications so this often is a sensible alternative to the shame, drama, and stress of accidents in the home. An all natural dual modality holistic approach can improve the overall health of your pet.
Proper way to use dog diapers
Get the right diaper – With so many options in size and absorbency it can get a little overwhelming. Be sure to choose a diaper (whether made for pets or people) that fits snug but not too tight. Two fingers should fit in the waistband.
Change often – Don’t left a wet or soiled diaper on your dog. Your pooch can develop diaper rash just like a baby if there left walking around in a diaper full of urine.
Sanitation – Use wipes to clean your pets bottom when changing. Use gloves to prevent coming in contact with your dogs urine and waste.
Watch the tail – Always use the tail hole in the diaper or make a hole for your dogs tail if you are using a human diaper. Do NOT wrap your dogs tail in the diaper.
Experiment – Dogs, like people, come in many shapes and sizes. You may not be able to fit the “perfect” diaper for you dog so try a few things to see what works best for you and your pet.
You’re trying to keep the cost down so don’t commit to a case of a specific diaper right of the bat.
Dog Diapers may be the solution
Using dog diapers on your pet may be a good idea if you are using them for the right reason. This is not a recommended alternative to teaching your dog to eliminate her waste outside. Dogs going potty outdoors is a normal healthy function and will be the optimal way you and your pet live together.
Try a few things and see what works for you.
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